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Advances in space-based lightning mapping have allowed scientists to measure flash extent and duration over broader ranges. The development has led to the discovery of 'megaflashes' – vast electrical surges that discharge over long distances and durations
The amount of energy used by the wealthy minority dwarfs that of the poorer majority – but can we boost the energy available to the poor without sacrificing climate targets?
Left denuded and depleted of wildlife following a decades-long civil war, the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has reinvigorated its biodiversity through a trophic rewilding programme
Can the UK find a way to protect vulnerable birds of prey on its grouse moors?
Katie Burton explores the practicalities and ethics of geoengineering, the controversial science that could quickly cool the atmosphere. Is it the last ditch climate solution that nobody wants? Or are appetites for geoengineering solutions growing with our warming climate?
Though the pandemic has gripped the world's attention, lying just in reach is an opportunity to radically restructure our energy system

Dossier: carbon offsetting

The IPCC embraced the notion of carbon offset schemes in the landmark Paris Agreement, but projects have faced criticism that they lack effectiveness and transparency. Mark Rowe investigates the world of carbon offsetting to determine the role it really plays…
The shortlist for the 2020 Wellcome Photography Prize has been announced, with a series of photographs depicting the annual floods in Lagos among the candidates
Millions have been displaced due to severe floods in central and southern China
A portable DNA assay could revolutionise the way border officials examine suspected wildlife products, and the methods conservationists use to identify wildlife samples in the field
A handy gathering of facts about carbon emissions with graphs by Our World in Data
Researchers have revealed just how many polluting microfibres are released into the oceans when we wash our clothes
Increasing reports of seized jaguar fangs and skin suggest that demand for jaguar parts has grown in the past decade, particularly in China. As relations between Latin America and Asia strengthen, criminologists and conservationists are concerned that a formal market…
Forced isolation has given many of us the chance to better appreciate the nature that lives closest to us. Butterflies are one such visitor – but while easy to admire, they’re not so easy to photograph says Keith Wilson
A fifth of the ocean floor has now been mapped, taking researchers a step closer to the goal of a complete seabed map by 2030
Four ex-circus lions discovered in France are due to be re-housed at Born Free, invigorating the call for EU-wide ban on wild animals in circuses
Marine protected areas cover 7.1 per cent of the Southern Ocean, but as some experts call for this to widen, a team of scientists are using tracking data to identify the biodiversity hotspots that most warrant protection
A roundup of some of the top discussions from the new BluHope campaign, launched by the British High Commission in Malaysia on World Oceans Day, with the support of Sir David Attenborough and Dr Sylvia Earle

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